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National Organization for Marriage makes $86,080 ad buy for Burgmeier in HD90
According to a report filed with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board yesterday, the anti-gay marriage group National Organization for Marriage has purchased $86,060 worth of television and radio ads to support Stephen Burgmeier, the Republican candidate in the special election in Iowa House District 90.
The “independent expenditure” report (pdf), which the group was required by law to file, is scant on any other details of the ad buy, and so far I do not see the ads published anywhere online. NOM Executive Director Brian S. Brown’s signature is at the bottom of the form, which lists a Washington, D.C., address.
It’s safe to say that in rural Iowa, $86,068 buys a lot of advertising time. It is comparable to the amount that some candidates — even in close races — will spend on television and radio over the course of a full-length general election campaign.
NOM is not the only group intervening on Burgmeier’s behalf. The Iowa Family Policy Center and Iowans for Tax Relief are both heavily involved in the race, but those groups are allowed to coordinate with the campaign, while NOM is prohibited from direct coordination by tax and campaign finance laws.